Translink Buzzer Blog

Posts tagged: South Delta

Attention Delta residents! Westham Island bridge closures coming soon

Westham Island Bridge

UPDATE – January 03, 2019 –  The Bridge will be closed on the following dates this year:

Saturday, January 5, 2019: There will be intermittent daytime closures on January 5 – (15-20 minutes) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

There will be overnight closures from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. on the following nights:

  • January 7-12
  • January 14-19
  • January 21-26
  • January 28-31

* No closures from Sunday night into Monday morning.

The Westham Island Bridge connects Ladner with Westham Island. It opened to traffic on March 29, 1910. The bridge is approximately 325 metres long and consists of a swing span that opens for marine passage below.

The bridge is 108 years old and requires maintenance and rehabilitation work as part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program to keep it safe and reliable.

Major rehabilitation work on the bridge began this fall and will continue until spring 2019. Work involves repairing and replacing components across the entire bridge, including piles and pile caps, floor beams and stringers below the deck, deck and handrail, and the swing mechanism.

During closures, emergency vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists will be allowed to cross with an escort; the bridge will be closed to all other traffic.

 Overnight closures will be from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. on the following nights:

  • December 10 – 15
  • December 17 – 22

There will be no closures from Sunday night into Monday morning and no daytime closures during December. Daytime closures will be scheduled in the new year.

Closure details, including dates of future closures, will be shared through the following channels:

There may be closures of the swing span, the details of which will be communicated regularly to ensure users of the navigational channel are aware of any restrictions.

https://twitter.com/CityofDeltaBC/status/1071170072864010240

 Why does the bridge have to be closed?

The bridge must be closed at various times throughout construction to ensure the safety of the workers and bridge users, and to accommodate construction equipment.

Is the bridge safe?

The bridge is safe for use; however, as one of the oldest bridges in the region, there are elements of it that are nearing the end of their useful lives. The upcoming rehabilitation work ensures the bridge remains safe and reliable.

We thank bridge users and nearby residents for their patience while we improve one of the oldest bridges in the region.

Make sure you check www.translink.ca/westham for up-to-date information.

Have questions? For more information, please email Westham.Island.Bridge@TransLink.ca or contact Customer Information at 604-953-3333.

Author: Tanushree Pillai

Fall Service Changes 2018: the first SWATP improvements arrive


You asked, we listened! Our Fall Service Changes adds 100 more trips every day and 6,000 more spaces for our customers across Metro Vancouver — made possible through new 10-Year Vision investments.

As part of this, we’re thrilled to be implementing the first improvements from the Southwest Area Transport Plan, which was finalized in July. The plan established a blueprint for the transit and transportation needs in Richmond, South Delta, the Tsawwassen First Nation and important connections to North Delta.

Starting on Sept. 3, we’re splitting the 401 and 410, both into two routes to improve speed and reliability. We’re also extending service to new areas: Port Royal and the Blundell Road Industrial Area! Read more »